ACWA Welcomes You

The ACWA Board of Directors, its officers and members would like to welcome you to the online home of the American Chuck Wagon Association, a 501.c.3 organization.

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About Our Association

Get To Know Us

The American Chuck Wagon Association started out as a small group of Old West enthusiasts and has expanded to world wide association preserving the American past through competitions, demonstrations, charity and school events and other venues.

Our work is funded by sponsorships (see the power point presentation shown below-right); tax-free donations, honorariums and memorials (We are a 501.c.3 organization); cookbook, note card & cap sales in our General Store (go shopping), as well as membership dues. For donations, honorariums and memorials, you may send a check to:
ACWA, 1723 East Tate Street, Brownfield, TX 79316 or call Nancy Sparks at (806)215-7851 with credit card information. For Honorariums and Memorials, please include the name of the person remembered/honored, and address for a thank you card.

Youth & the ACWA

Our youth are our future and the ACWA supports activities directly involving them. We encourage producers to offer youth competition at their cook offs whenever possible. Many of our cooking crews include young people at the cook offs. The Association also periodically honors an outstanding young cook with the Rookie of the Year award. In 2012 that award went to Drake Tolbert.
In addition, the ACWA offers a scholarship (read more) to selected individuals each year. If interested, download an application here. Scholarship recipients for the upcoming school year are Clell Swanson, Canton, SD, and Ty Robertson, Granbury, TX.
Another way to involve and educate our youth is with demonstrations. At one cook off, invitations were given to area schools to come on Friday. There were busloads coming and going a good portion of the day. The students were wonderful and the three host wagons enjoyed sharing their camps and telling a little about the history of the chuck wagon and the trail drives.

General Store

Want to take home some of that authentic, Old West taste and style? Now you can with ACWA Cookbooks, beautiful note cards and caps!

Chuck Wagon Catering

Many of our members offer catering services. Check out the link above to contact one of them about bringing some of the finest chuck wagon cooking to your next event.


ACWA News & Events

A Little History

In 1996 at a chuck wagon competition in Amarillo, Texas, a small group of Old West enthusiasts and wagon masters talked about an association. The mission would be to preserve the heritage of the chuck wagon and its use in the short, but significant, era of the cattle drives. In 1997, in Bryson, Texas, by-laws and articles of operation were adopted and the American Chuck Wagon Association was off and running. Today there are members in 31 states, Canada, Germany and France.
Jorg Sachse from France sent us this in an email:
"I like cooking stews,with wild roan(editors note - boar), rooster or lamb. I tried sowbelly beans but french people doesn't like beans. I also like baking, specially blueberry cobbler and rhubarb pie. this year, I had some opportunities to cook for little people, also for a wedding, and I use the chuckwagon also for teaching young people how cowboys where living and cooking, in schools or holiday camps."
Thanks, Jorg
Here are a couple of pictures from him.

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Members participate in Cook off competitions, demonstrations, catering, charity events, school visits and many other activities to fulfill that original mission and even surpass the dreams of those organizers. Thank you for visiting our site and we hope you will visit one or more of our chuck wagon events.     Read More?

ACWA Southwest Chapter
Spring Gathering and Hoorah
March 21-23, 2014

Big THANK YOU to hosts John and Sandy Sullivan along with Randy Hawkins, Russ Richins, Dave McDowell and the SouthWest chapter of ACWA for an incredibly fun get together. Those of us who didn't make it missed a great time.


First Annual Chuck Wagon Rendezvous

May 2-4, 2014

Thank you to Rex and Sheryl Wailes for all your hard work and a terrific time at the Rendezvous for the SW Region of the ACWA held in Bennett, CO. Next years event is already in the planning stages for Cortez, CO. Hope to see you there.


Fredericksburg Gathering

September 12-14, 2014

The Fredericksburg Gathering was a bit wet but a good time seeing friends.

Chuck Wagon Supporters

Bar E Ranch Buggy Barn Museum
Cocklebur Camp Chuck Wagon Cooking Fiddle Fire Chuckwagon
Hanson Wheels & Wagon Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium
Midwest Buggy Chuckwagon Sales & Catering National Cowboy Symposium
Rocking T Chuckwagon Texas Cowboy Outfitters
Wayne's Wagon Works Western Music Association
Wheels That Won The West

Sponsorship Wanted

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